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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nskitts, Mar 3, 2012.
Can't believe all the people who think the styling is nice. It is way too busy in the back, the beltlines are all way too high, it's too chunky lunky and the back doesn't compliment the front. Just throwing an Aston grille on something does not make it pretty. The previous gen Fusions were decent looking cars, these things are overwrought pigs.
I was drooling over an older, 525 wagon with the sport pkg, Sunday. My GF doesn't get my infatuation with wagons.
That's what I think about the Taurus. It's a car that's just too fat; like most Americans. Maybe, that's the point; to appeal to most Americans.
I have yet to see a Fusion, in person. Maybe, the proportions will look the same, to me. It does look good, in pictures, though.
The beltlines have to be high to provide the structure to meet side impact requirements....they're not that way just for styling.
A couple of weeks ago, Motor Trend published a 6-car comparison of midsize sedans.
Camry 5th, with one comment being, "Did Toyota even try?"
Fusion came in 3rd, with a lot of praise for the car.
I believe also the 1.6L Turbo with the SelectShift auto comes with automatic engine shutoff in the 2013 Fusion - look for auto engine shutoff to appear on more and more cars in the coming years. And yes, fewer and fewer cars are coming with manual trannies nowadays, and for good reason: autos are becoming better at shifting for economy and performance than you are. Does it take away some of the driving experience? I guess, but if you must, put it in selector mode, and shift the auto yourself.
2nd was the Accord (boring), and 1st was the VW Passat, but to drive one means you'd have to own one, with all that, uh, owning a VW means.
As for me, I'll be seriously looking at the Escape in a couple of years when I'm ready to replace my truck.
I know that.
Doesn't make it any less ugly.
Should have been an eight car report. Needs the Koreans.
Ford, initial pics looked better than ADV pics here. Will have to see one in reality before deciding on the Fusions looks. I always found the previous version as a solid and understated but not boring looking car. Much preferring its appearance to the Camry/Accord.
Agree totally. Not sure why they were left out. My sister and her fam are very happy with their Hyundais to the point they have a fleet of 'em.
If the car lost a previous comparo (the Koreans) and has not been substantially revised it is not included. In the test referenced, the Altima, Camry, Fusion and Accord are all new and being compared to the last winner, the Passat.
Both the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata were new generations as 2011 model years.
So why was one included and one not? Motor Trend doesn't offer an explanation that I can find.
I messed up...I was referencing the Car & Driver comparo (11\12 issue) which did NOT include the Camry or the Sonata as they have both lost to the Passat previously and they mention this as the reason for not including them.
I tried one today. Yeah I'm that guy. Very little body roll good throttle respose and good breaking. I like it.
I just cant do it. My luck with Honda has just been to good to go back to the American manufacturers. I wish I could change my mind because thats a great looking car, and i'll be in the market this spring since the boy turned 16. I'll probably just buy him a boring 4 cylinder Accord. I am anxious to read some actual owner reviews though.
The wheels are killing it. Sorry, it matters.
It isn't about luck. It's about quality and longevity. Honda has historically been among the best, which explains your ownership experience.
10 years ago you couldn't have paid me to own a ford. Today I own two of them. They've both been excellent so far. This is not the ford of yesteryear. I hope they continue the trend. They seem to have figured out the long term cost of building shitty vehicles.
I've owned 9 Fords before this one (F150 screw). I had sworn off them, and gone foreign. This one has me believing again. My other car's a Chevy. Love it, too. Never thought I'd be domestic again.
I placed an order for a new Fusion yesterday!